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Monday Overnights: NBC Leads; Modest Return for ‘Better Late Than Never’

ABC's 'The Bachelor' Special, 'Countdown to Arie,' Generates No Interest

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2017

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.4/ 9, CBS: 3.8/ 6, ABC: 2.5/ 4, Fox: 2.4/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 1

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +100, CW: no change, ABC: – 7, NBC: – 8, CBS: -10

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Ratings Breakdown:
NBC’s “The Voice” led the network to opening week overnight victory, with the still solid singing competition at a 6.4 rating/10 share in households from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, this more than doubled competing ABC holiday competition “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” which averaged a 2.9/ 5.

In season-premiere news was NBC comedy reality series “Better Late Than Never,” now in season two, at a second-place 3.3/ 5 in the household overnights in the 10 p.m. hour. While this trailed CBS’ competing “Scorpion” (#1: 4.1/ 7) by 20 percent, it is still poised for victory once the adult 18-49 ratings are released.

Third in the 10 p.m. hour was ABC special, “The Bachelor: Countdown to Arie” at a modest 1.9/ 3. The upcoming season of “The Bachelor” begins on Monday, January 1 at 8 p.m. ET.

Earlier in the evening on CBS was the 8-10 p.m. combination of sitcoms “Kevin Can Wait” (#2: 4.2/ 7), “Man With a Plan” (#2: 3.7/ 6), “Superior Donuts” (#2: 3.5/ 5) and “9JKL” (#2: 3.0/ 5), which all remain down from the year-ago time period performances.

Elsewhere, Fox featured dramas “Lucifer” (#4: 2.6/ 4 at 8 p.m.) and “The Gifted” (#4: 2.1/ 3 at 9 p.m.), which do not resonate in the overnights. And The CW featured an encore telecast of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (#5: 0.7/ 1 at 8 p.m.) and freshman drama “Valor” (#5: 0.6/ 1 at 9 p.m.), which will conclude following the initial 13 episodes ordered.

What follows is the half-hour breakdown for Monday, December 4, 2017.

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Great Christmas Light Fight”: 3.3/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait”: 4.2/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.6/11 (#1)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.6/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (R): 0.8/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Great Christmas Light Fight”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Man With a Plan”: 3.7/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.5/10 (#1)
Fox – “Lucifer”: 2.6/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Great Christmas Light Fight”: 2.6/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Superior Donuts”: 3.5/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.4/10 (#1)
Fox – “The Gifted”: 2.1/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Valor”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Great Christmas Light Fight”: 2.6/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “9JKL”: 3.0/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.2/10 (#1)
Fox – “The Gifted”: 2.1/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Valor”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelor: Countdown to Arie”: 2.1/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 4.1/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Better Late Than Never”: 3.8/ 6 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Bachelor: Countdown to Arie”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Scorpion”: 4.1/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Better Late Than Never”: 2.8/ 5 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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